I have always loved the story of Mary and the Alabaster Box with the precious ointment inside. One of our pastors preached on this very passage last evening and it sparked my love for this passage once again.
Alabaster is a beautiful semi-transparent gemstone.
It was used to make containers which would hold only the most expensive and precious contents.
When the contents were extremely precious, the makers would work the stone in such a way that the only way to empty it would be to break the container.
This perfume was made from the oil of an herb plant called nard and was only found in India in Biblical times, so this was a precious import and it could very well have been a family heirloom passed down from generation to generation. In biblical times, perfume was stored in an alabaster jar and could only be used once.
Once you broke the seal of the jar, it had to be used at that moment, or it would loose its fragrance. Mary knew that this would be a one time deal. She was willing to give it all or nothing at all.
What are we doing with the resources God has given to us as woman of God?
What does it mean to you to give your best to Him?
Are you giving Him your 'leftovers'?
When you have a special, honored guest into your home, do you give them your soggy leftovers from last night's hurried meal? No, you take your time -
Planning Preparing Presenting
your very best!
How much more should we do this for our Savior?
Sacrifice never seems justifiable. It never looks good on paper.
It should cost you something!
Ever thought these very same things I have?:
I have so much to do today, I couldn't possibly STOP what I'm doing, and spend some time with you! I want to do this ___________ (<-----insert excuse here). Mary anointed both the head and the feet of her Master, and wiped His feet with her hair. It was an act of love and devotion that brought fragrance to the whole house.
It was an act of Faith - she believed what Jesus was saying about His imminent death and burial.
Our belief in what God says should cause us to respond in obedience.
Each of us women have our own life to live before the Lord. Only we know of what He is asking of us- what He is asking us to sacrifice for Him - what he is asking us to lay down for Him.
Our motivation should be that of Love, Gratitude, Thankfulness, and Honor for our Savior Jesus Christ.
The room grew still As she made her way to Jesus She stumbles through the tears that made her blind She felt such pain Some spoke in anger Heard folks whisper There's no place here for her kind Still on she came Through the shame that flushed her face Until at last, she knelt before his feet And though she spoke no words Everything she said was heard As she poured her love for the Master From her box of alabaster
And I've come to pour My praise on Him Like oil from Mary's alabaster box Don't be angry if I wash his feet with my tears And I dry them with my hair You weren't there the night He found me You did not feel what I felt When he wrapped his love all around me and You don't know the cost of the oil In my alabaster box
I can't forget the way life used to be I was a prisoner to the sin that had me bound And I spent my days Poured my life without measure Into a little treasure box I'd thought I'd found Until the day when Jesus came to me And healed my soul With the wonder of His touch So now I'm giving back to Him All the praise He's worthy of I've been forgiven And that's why I love Him so much
The second part of Proverbs 19:13 says that "The contentions of a wife are a continual dropping"
-exhibiting an often perverse and wearisome tendency to quarrels and disputes
-inclined to or exhibiting assertiveness, hostility, or combativeness
Contentious mean having an aggressive or fighting attitude. Belligerent often implies being actually at war or engaged in hostilities. Quarrelsome stresses an ill-natured readiness to fight without good cause. Contentious implies perverse and irritating fondness for arguing and quarreling.
Take a serious assessment of your behavior and attitude towards your own husband. Would any of these words describe you? EVER?
FONDNESS FOR ARGUING
Well Maybe sometimes?
Oh Dear! Yes, they do...
As Christians, more specifically Christian Wives, we are called to a life of continually examining ourselves before the Lord.
23 Search me, O God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts.
24 See if there is any offensive way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.
No one is perfect. . .
We can continually seek the heart of God and desire to CHANGE...
FOR THE BETTER!
For HIS Glory.
So examine your own life today. Ask God to change your heart. Be a woman, wife, and child of God who seeks to create a home that is welcoming and peaceable.
The heart of her husband doth safely trust in her, so that he shall have no need of spoil.
To influence, move, or guide by divine or supernatural inspiration
To exert an animating, enlivening, or exalting influence on
To spur on: impel, motivate
It does not matter if it is a picture, thought, quote, verse, good book, or action;
I love to be inspired!
Maybe that is why I love photography so much - a good photo can paint a picture and cause me to dream and imagine such tangible change.
My greatest inspirations come from God's Word (or should). As a christian woman, I strive to be the best wife, mommy, and homemaker for God's glory.
With this blog, I hope to capture "ordinary inspirations". This may be in the form of a new project with my children, a neat craft, a yummy recipe, some great bible verses, a pretty picture. . . the list goes on.
My desire is that what inspires me, may inspire you to be a better wife, mommy and homemaker too!
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